November 1-5, 2015 USNRC Chair Invited to Cuba for Wetland Symposium
October 6, 2015 United States designates Chiwaukee Illinois Beach Lake Plain as Ramsar Site
The government of the United States of America has designated its 38th Wetland of International Importance. Chiwaukee Illinois Beach Lake Plain (Ramsar Site no. 2243; 1,584 ha; 42°27’39”N, 87°48’33”W), located along the south-western shore of Lake Michigan, features the highest quality coastal dune and swale ecosystem in south-east Wisconsin and north-east Illinois. It includes six globally rare and representative wetland types and supports two United States federally-listed Threatened and Endangered species which are associated with wetland communities: the eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea) and the piping plover (Charadrius melodus). It also has the largest known populations of Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), categorized as Endangered by the IUCN Red List and as threatened in the state of Illinois. It also provides the largest near-contiguous block of stopover habitat for migratory birds along the entire Illinois coast and south western Lake Michigan coast in Wisconsin. The main threats to the site include invasive plant species, urban development (including residential and industrial areas, and roadways) and conversion of grasslands and woodlands in the surrounding areas for agriculture. ( Ramsar Forum)
May 2015 “Celebrate American Wetlands Month in May”
May 27, 2015 (Wednesday) 2:00 -4:00 p.m. EDT American Wetlands Month National Webinar - The Ramsar Treaty/Convention on Wetlands
May 19, 2015 New Reports Show Alarming Trend of Wetland Losses in the World ( Bill, Mitsch)
United States designates its 37th Ramsar Site The government of the United States of America has completed the designation process for Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands (4,630 ha; 45o13’20”N 86o59’44”W) in Wisconsin as its 37th Ramsar Site (No. 2218). The Site, which occupies a major section of the eastern Lake Michigan shoreline of northern Door County, comprises diverse examples of regionally and globally significant wetland communities, including interdunal wetlands and northern wet-mesic forest. It supports numerous species of fauna and flora including the rare dwarf lake iris (Iris lacustris). Collectively, the Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands Ramsar site along with adjacent wetland habitat provide critical breeding and migratory habitat for a high diversity and abundance of characteristic as well as uncommon species of birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, and invertebrates. For more information about this site, visit the Ramsar Sites Information Service: https://rsis.ramsar.org
- 26 March 2015 Ramsar Approves 37th Ramsar Wetland in the USA (Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands)
- US National Ramsar Committee quarterly meeting held at the Association of State Wetland Managers meeting
at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) on March 25th
- Entries now being accepted for the US Ramsar Wetlands Photo Contest. Visit http://elinwa.org/ for more information.
U.S. Ramsar Committee Chair Wins Ramsar Award of Merit
January 2, 2015
USA issues COP12 National Report
Ramsar and the US Government strengthen collaboration for wetland promotion (press release, USFWS)
During his first visit to Washington, D.C. as Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Christopher Briggs discussed with Federal agencies strategies to protect wetlands and promote their wise, or sustainable, use.
The United States are strongly committed to protecting wetlands and maintaining the many benefits they offer to people and nature. They have already designated 36 “Wetlands of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention and the 37th is awaiting for approval.
Mr. Briggs discussed areas for increased cooperation with the Department of State, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.
Domestic actions to advance wetlands conservation and awareness were discussed, as well as U.S. – China technical cooperation on wetlands protection. The differing definitions of wetlands used by the United States Government and the Ramsar Convention were also addressed.
“We were pleased to learn more about the engagement of the United States for the protection and promotion of wetlands,” said Secretary General Briggs. “We also discussed the major threats to American wetlands in the near future, specifically the potential mining site near Bad River and Kakagon Sloughs in Northern Wisconsin. I look forward to working with partners in the United States to conserve wetlands and the ecological services they provide.”
Mr. Briggs visited Washington, D.C. on June 5th and 6th 2014. He plans to visit Washington again in the near future – a sign of the close relationship between Ramsar and the United States and of the commitment to strengthening collaboration even further.
Mitsch, Pittenger-Slear, Hahn, and Tiner named Officers of U.S. Ramsar Committee Article Link
United States designates 36th Ramsar Site Article Link